Jasper Sharp uncovers some animated treasures streaming for free. The word ‘anime’ only really entered the English lexicon at the beginning of the 1990s, whereas the history of Japanese animation taken as a whole stretches back at least 70 years earlier, its beginnings usually pinpointed to 1917. However, the immediate problem for curious viewers wishing […]
By Andrew Osmond. So you love Japanese animation, and want to make yourself an expert. Of course you use Google and Wikipedia to broaden your knowledge, but web sources are reliably unreliable, especially when discussing a medium rather older than the internet. Sometimes there’s no alternative to hitting the books.
By Andrew Osmond. In her book Anime from Akira to Princess Mononoke, the author Susan Napier recounts a strange story. In 1993, a Japanese critic called Toshiya Ueno visited the city of Sarajevo in Bosnia, during its ghastly four-year siege by the Serbians. Wandering through the bomb-blasted buildings, Ueno came across a wall on which […]
By Jonathan Clements. In the 13 years since I curated a season of Chinese animation at the Udine Film Festival (the programme is reprinted in Schoolgirl Milky Crisis), I still occasionally get asked about it. Producers, who fret that the Japanese mother lode has been mined out, want to know if I am sitting on […]
By Andrew Osmond. A cyborg is a creature which combines the mechanical and the organic. 009 Re: Cyborg is about cyborgs, as you’d expect from the name, but you could also argue the film is a cyborg, yoking together rival traditions of animation; traditionally drawn animation, going back to Snow White and Astro Boy, and […]